— John Joseph (@CAPolitics) October 14, 2014
Budget cuts may have been a minor contributor:
A liberal advocacy group is blaming Republicans for the Ebola crisis in a new ad that will first air on TV in Kentucky next weekend.
The Agenda Project released an ad online late Sunday that interlaces self-described “disturbing footages of the Ebola outbreak” with a mash-up of top Republicans — including those tied up in crucial midterm contests and potential 2016 candidates — saying the word “cut.” The ad describes how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saw its discretionary funding cut by $585 million from 2010 to 2014 and the National Institute for Health has faced $446 million in cuts during the same period.
The group plans to continue to play up public fears over the Ebola virus in the final weeks leading up to the midterms and will modify the ad with state-specific versions to hit Republican Senate candidates like Iowa’s Joni Ernst and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis who want to cut federal government spending, the group’s founder and president Erica Payne said.
Payne called the ad an “indictment” of Republican policies that have “led directly to thousands of deaths overseas” and said the ad is not “sensationalized” or “aggressive.”